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At a meeting in Osaka, President Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin make light of election meddling and ‘[getting] rid’ of journalists. FBI encourages U.S. universities to develop protocol to begin monitoring some Chinese students and visiting scholars. Twitter will begin labeling tweets from political figures that violate its guidelines. (See PEN America’s statement on the new rules.) First Amendment lawsuit filed on behalf of student activist who read a poem critical of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and was arrested 36 hours later. Maryland governor proclaims June 28 Freedom of the Press Day, on the anniversary of the Capital Gazette shooting and in honor of slain journalists. -Nora Benavidez, Director of U.S. Free Expression Programs

The most pressing threats and notable goings-on in free expression today


Trump Jokes to Putin They Should ‘Get Rid’ of Journalists
Donald Trump joked with Vladimir Putin about getting rid of journalists and Russian meddling in U.S. elections when the two leaders met at the G20 summit in Japan. “Get rid of them. Fake news is a great term, isn’t it? You don’t have this problem in Russia, but we do,” Trump said.

FBI Urges Universities to Monitor Some Chinese Students and Scholars in the U.S.
U.S. intelligence agencies are encouraging American research universities to develop protocols for monitoring students and visiting scholars from Chinese state-affiliated research institutions, as U.S. suspicion toward China spreads to academia.

Twitter Adds Labels for Tweets That Break Its Rules—a Move with Potentially Stark Implications for Trump’s Account
Twitter on Thursday said it would begin labeling tweets from national political figures, including President Trump, that the company could otherwise have taken down for breaking its rules, a move that could appease some longtime critics at the cost of opening a new political rift with the White House.

‘Dear America’: ACLU Claims ICE Violated 1st Amendment When Bakersfield College Student Was Allegedly Arrested for Reading Poem
The ACLU Foundation of Southern California is claiming that ICE violated the first amendment rights of a Bakersfield College student when they allegedly arrested him 36 hours after he read a poem to the agency at a public forum.

Gov. Hogan Proclaims Freedom of the Press Day in Honor of Capital Gazette Journalists Killed Last Year
Governor Larry Hogan officially proclaimed June 28 as “Freedom of the Press Day” in honor of the Capital Gazette journalists who were killed on June 28 last year by a gunman in a newsroom attack. The day will specifically honor Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith, and Wendi Winters.


Jamal Khashoggi Warned Moroccan Journalist before His Arrest, Says Wife
The wife of a prominent Moroccan newspaper editor and critic of Saudi Arabia has described how the murdered Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi warned her husband that his life was in danger in the months before he was arrested in Morocco and jailed for offences he has consistently denied.

French Minister Backpedals after Stir over Journalist Watchdog
A French minister was forced to backpedal on Thursday after he suggested creating a journalist watchdog to sanction media outlets that spread false information, stirring outrage among reporters.

Epic Chinese War Film Premiere Canceled in Apparent Censorship
The premiere of an epic Chinese war movie, The Eight Hundred, has been cancelled a week before its scheduled release, in what appears to be a new round of tightening of ideological control in the country.

Publish and Perish
“Suppression of free speech by the state is not new in India. … But the Kerala government has gone one step further in what can be seen as an attempt to perfect the process, which is to target the staff of the … company that published the work.”

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